Rediscovering Santiago Calatrava

Visiting Valencia we found The City of Arts and Sciences most fascinating. It is in fact  one of the 12 Treasures of Spain.

St. Bartholomew The Great

Visiting Smithfield Market at the weekend, I came across this wonderful church: the Priory Church of St. Bartholomew, founded in AD 1123. as part of a monastery of Augustinian Canons. Bartholomew was one of the Twelve Apostles, brought to Jesus by Saint Philip. He is reputed to have brought Christianity to Armenia where tradition states that he was later flayed alive and crucified head…

Isla Incahuasi – Salar de Uyuni

Once an ancient lake the ‘Salar de Uyuni’  was formed as a result of transformations between several prehistoric lakes. It is covered by a few meters of salt crust, which has an extraordinary flatness with the average elevation variations within one meter over the entire area of the Salar. The crust serves as a source of salt and covers a pool of brine, which is exceptionally…

A train ride through tea country

Kandy to Ella, Sri Lanka. We had a chance to tick a couple of items from our bucket list: hanging off a train’s open door to take pictures, or just for the hell of it.

Of ruins and temples: Polonnaruwa

While these are ruins to the visitors, they are sacred sites to the local people.

Saffron Messiah

A collection of statues from the holy sites in Sri Lanka

El Angel del Gran Poder

The yearly celebration of Jesus del Gran Poder gathers over 40,000 participants/dancers every year in May/June in La Paz, Bolivia. It is now considered part of UNESCO’s Cultural Heritage.  I have published a book about this celebration and you can view the digital version here: Gran Poder